How to Practice Your Magic Properly!
Are you not sure if you are practicing properly? No need to worry! This week, magician Michael O'Brien is going to offer some great tips for making the best of your practice time, ensuring solid performances overtime you want to showcase your skills!
#1 Perfect Your Technique!
Every magic effect is made up of smaller components called moves or sleights. Before you can begin showing off your skills, you need to develop them! Take apart each individual sleight and practice it over and over again until the move can be performed smoothly, consistently, and correctly. I suggest taking a look at "The Perfect Practice System" by Richard Ribuffo! He does a great job teaching a method that will allow you to easily break down those hard to execute moves and help you to learn them properly! Anytime you practice moves you should do so in front of a mirror so that you can see the move from the spectator's point of view. This will help you to make sure it looks right from the audience's perspective!
#2 Rehearse Your Full Performance
After you have broken apart and perfected each component of the routine, it is time to put them all together and perform a full run through. Pretend you are performing for an audience and run the whole effect from start to finish including your patter and script as well. Record yourself with your camera and watch it back so you can catch any mistakes in your technique or performance!
#3 Perform for Real Live People!
Once you can perform the entire effect from start to finish without making any mistakes, you will want to start performing it for actual people. Find a fellow magician, family member of friend who can give you some honest and constructive feedback. It is important to perform for real people, because you will learn what truly works and what does not. You can perfect your angles and improve upon your patter. You will find that over time your performance will seem less scripted and more organic. The effect itself will also evolve to fit your style more and you will become more confident!
I hope this helps you to find new ways to improve on your magic! Please feel free to leave a comment letting us know what sorts of articles you would like to see in the future! We will be happy to answer any questions you may have as well!